Lifelong Learning & Leading, our 2020-25 strategic plan, identifies three pillars, each of which supports the School’s core documents. We chose as the first “Inspire 21st Century Teaching and Learning.” Our graduates must possess the intellectual curiosity, teamwork skills, and dedication to lifelong learning necessary to thrive in an era marked by rapidly changing workplace demands and the greatest rate of technological change in history. While honoring the traditional liberal arts education that remains the foundation of our work, we will increasingly endeavor to help boys apply those skills through project-based learning and design thinking. While we have made strides in this direction in recent years, there is more we will do to ensure that boys learn how to apply their learning to the world they will soon lead.
Our second pillar, “Enhance and Embed Our Commitment to Character,” focuses on the environment we will create to enable that learning, and the kind of men we will forge. We are proud of the work we already do in the areas of educating boys to lead groups and to support each other. But there is more to be done to make Haverford the most respectful community it can be — and to ensure our graduates are prepared for the very diverse America and world they will lead. We are accelerating our commitment to graduate men who will serve as role models for a world in need of strong character, empathy, and compassion — who will provide a strong shoulder for others to lean upon and who are not afraid to lean on others for help. As a first step in this work, we reaffirmed the School’s mission and vision to make them more accessible to the daily life of the School.